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Prime Minister Stephen Harper a ‘nice’ man who accepts 491 murders of born alive babies?

Steve Jalsevac
Steve Jalsevac

February 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Canadians are known to be "nice" people. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is admittedly a "nice" man. It is hard to strongly dislike him. He is a middle-of-the-road, get-along sort of guy who sings and plays the piano and is a genuinely passionate Canadian hockey fan.

As far as I know, Harper is not known for having a harsh temperament and is in many ways a rather decent fellow. He has kept the Canadian economy on an enviable even keel, and Canadian society relatively stable compared to the rest of the world. He does not advocate any radical causes and he has taken some commendable pro-family actions.

There is, however, now a very disturbing development with Stephen Harper. He seems to be comfortable with, or at least quite tolerant of, murder: that is, the alleged murder of 491 innocent Canadian human beings who had the misfortune to be born alive after failed abortions. He also seems very comfortable with the ongoing killing of unborn children at any time before birth at the rate of at least over 100,000 per year (based on what has been reported) - now totaling in the millions since 1969.

Harper's latest revelation of his attitude towards the heinous crime of homicide of born alive aborted babies is similar to that of Barack Obama, a-not-so-"nice" person who four times voted against legislation to protect children born alive after failed abortions.

Again, I don’t think Stephen Harper is a bad man. How he allowed himself to be brought to such a low level as to accept this gross depravity, this profound evil, is something Canadians have an obligation to help him to face and to make amends for. 

Since being in power, Prime Minister Harper has attempted to block every single motion or proposed legislation, no matter how very reasonable or innocuous, that could in any way be construed as being related to children in their mothers' wombs.

Now, the PM's opposition to the call by three MP's for an RCMP investigation into what are allegedly, in many cases, criminal acts of homicide related to the deaths of 491 babies after failed late-term abortions, reveals something especially disturbing about the Prime Minister. It’s that the PM seems to have gone exceedingly beyond misperceived political necessity and made an unnecessary, deadly pact with the devil in order to retain power.

The PM and most of the Canadian media do not seem to comprehend how truly diabolical this situation has become. Imagine, in a hospital setting, a child is born alive after a failed abortion, is moving and thrashing, whimpering and making other efforts to survive and all medical staff do nothing, or even even worse, take actions to kill this little, utterly innocent one who did not die in the womb at the hands of the abortionist.

Like Barack Obama, Stephen Harper claims to be Christian. I don't know where he is on that today, but I suggest this latest incident indicates Harper is now in especially dire need of prayers and other personal help and effective rebuke. He is also is need of a wave of strong, but not incendiary communications, from many thousands of Canadians.

To those of our readers who love to blast people with your emails and letters, forget it. Those communications are never helpful. Yes, this situation is also about politics, but there is something else going on here and that is naked, raw evil. We do not fight such evil with rants and curses.

I have several times quoted before on LifeSiteNews Professor Peter Kreeft's frequent reminder that our battle is not against flesh and blood but rather against "principalities and powers." That is, it is ultimately a spiritual battle that precludes condemning individual persons.

Canadians need to reach Harper’s heart and his mind, but definitely not attack the man. That is how conversions are brought about. That is how many of us - myself included -  who were on the other side in the past, were jarred awake, had our lives dramatically changed for the better, and became involved in the movement today.

Canadians can't accept this latest block from the PM. This one is far too much. Far too unnacceptable. Far too sickening and devoid of any sense of decency and justice and respect for criminal law.

It makes a mockery of all human rights and the entire criminal code.

This one is essentially putting Canada on the fast track to full acceptance of the homicide of infants born from failed abortions, to infanticide, and then more...and more. There will be no stopping this death train unless leaders are made to wake up from this nightmare.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, March 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, Indiana became the 20th state to prevent the government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs in business or the public square.

Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 101) into law, saying the freedom of religion is a preeminent American value.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion, but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,” Pence said.

Gov. Pence, a possible dark horse candidate for president in 2016, cited court cases brought by religious organizations and employers, including Catholic universities, against the HHS mandate. “One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views.”

The new law could also prevent Christian business owners from being compelled to bake a cake or take photographs of a same-sex "marriage" ceremony, if doing so violates their faith. In recent years, business owners have seen an increased level of prosecution for denying such services, despite their religious and moral beliefs.

The state's pro-life organization applauded Pence for his stance. "Indiana's pro-life community is grateful to Gov. Mike Pence for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law,” said Indiana Right to Life's president and CEO Mike Fichter. “This bill will give pro-lifers a necessary legal recourse if they are pressured to support abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs.”

“RFRA is an important bill to protect the religious freedom of Hoosiers who believe the right to life comes from God, not government,” he said.

The state RFRA is based on the federal bill introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The Supreme Court cited the federal law when it ruled that Hobby Lobby had the right to refuse to fund abortion-inducing drugs, if doing so violated its owners' sincerely held religious beliefs.

In signing the measure – similar to the one Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed – Pence and the state of Indiana have faced a torrent of venom from opponents of the bill, who claim it grants a “right to discriminate” and raises the spectre of segregation.

"They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people," said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, a national homosexual pressure group.

The Disciples of Christ, a liberal Protestant denomination based in the state capital, has said it will move its 2017 annual convention if the RFRA became state law. The NCAA warned the bill's adoption “might affect future events” in the Hoosier state.

Pence denied such concerns, saying, "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."

The bill's supporters say that, under the Obama administration, it is Christians who are most likely to suffer discrimination.

"Originally RFRA laws were intended to protect small religious groups from undue burdens on practicing their faith in public life,” said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “It was not imagined there would come a day when laws might seek to jail or financially destroy nuns, rabbis or Christian camp counselors who prefer to abstain from the next wave of sexual and gender experimentation. And there's always a next wave.”

The bill's supporters note that it does not end the government's right to coerce people of faith into violating their conscience in every situation. However, it requires that doing so has to serve a compelling government interest and the government must use the least restrictive means possible. “There will be times when a state or federal government can show it has a compelling reason for burdening religious expression – to ensure public safety, for instance,” said Sarah Torre, an expert at the Heritage Foundation. “But Religious Freedom Restoration Acts set a high bar for the government to meet in order to restrict religious freedom.”

Restricting the ability of government to interfere in people's private decisions, especially their religious decisions, is the very purpose of the Constitution, its supporters say.

"Religious freedom is the cornerstone of all liberty for all people,” Tooley said. “Deny or reduce it, and there are no ultimate limits on the state's power to coerce."

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Porn is transforming our men from protectors into predators. Fight back.

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Since I’ve gotten involved in anti-pornography work, I’ve met countless men who struggle, fight, or have beaten pornography. Each person seems to deal with the guilt and shame that accompanies porn use in a different way—some deny that it’s “all that bad,” others pretend that they could “stop whenever they want,” many insist that “everyone is doing it,” and most, when pressed, admit to a deep sense of self-loathing.

One worry surfaces often in conversation: What do my past or current struggles with pornography say about me as a man? Can I ever move past this and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship?

I want to address this question just briefly, since I’ve encountered it so many times.

First, however, I’ve written before how I at times dislike the language of “struggling” with pornography or pornography “addiction,” not because they aren’t accurate but because too often they are used as an excuse rather than an explanation. It is true, many do in fact “struggle” with what can legitimately be considered an addiction, but when this language is used to describe an interminable battle with no end (and I’ve met dozens of men for whom this is the case), then I prefer we use terminology like “fighting my porn habit.” A semantic debate, certainly, but one I think is important. We need to stop struggling with porn and start fighting it.

Secondly, pornography does do devastating things to one’s sense of masculinity. We know this. Pornography enslaves men by the millions, perverting their role as protector and defender of the more vulnerable and turning them into sexual cannibals, consuming those they see on-screen to satisfy their sexual appetites.

What often starts as mere curiosity or an accidental encounter can turn into something that invades the mind and twists even the most basic attractions. I’ve met porn users who can’t believe the types of things they want to watch. They haven’t simply been using porn. Porn has actively reshaped them into something they don’t recognize and don’t like. 

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Porn is this generation’s great assault on masculinity and the role of men in society. It is essential that we win this battle for the sake of society’s survival. Contrary to what the gender-bending and family-morphing progressive elites claim, good husbands and good fathers and good church leaders are necessary for a healthy society. But pornography is destroying marriages, creating distant and disconnected fathers, and, metaphoricaclly castrating men, hindering their ability and desire to make a positive difference in the society around us.

So, with this sobering set of facts in mind let’s return to the question: what do pornography struggles, past and present, say about a man?

The proper way to respond is with everything that is good about masculinity. We have to fight pornography as men have fought countless evils throughout the ages. We need to fight pornography to protect women, and wives, and children, and our society at large. This is how pornography threatens society, by castrating men, and turning them from protectors into predators. Rooting out the evil in our own lives allows us to better fulfill the role we are called to perform in the lives of others. Battling our own demons enables us to battle the wider cultural demons. Every day without porn is another bit of virtue built. Virtue is not something you’re born with. Virtues are habits that you build. And one day without porn is the first step towards the virtue of being porn-free.

Many men ask me if men who have had past porn addictions are cut out for being in a relationship or working in the pro-life movement or in other areas where we are called to protect and defend the weak and vulnerable. And the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. Our society needs men who know what it means to fight battles and win. Our society needs men who can say that they fought porn and they beat porn, because their families and their friends were too important to risk. Our society needs men who rose to the challenge that the evils of their generation threw at them, and became better men as the result. And our society needs men who can help their friends and their sons and those around them fight the plague of pornography and free themselves from it, too—and who can understand better and offer encouragement more relevant than someone who has fought and been freed themselves?

So the answer to men is yes. Fight pornography. Beat pornography. And join the ranks of those who support their fellow men and women still fighting. Lend them support and encouragement. We cannot change the fact that porn has left an enormous path of destruction in its wake. But we can change the fact that too many people aren’t fighting it. We can change our own involvement. And we can rise to the challenge and face this threat to masculinity with all that is good about masculinity.

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